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United Kingdom not keeping up with Russian Federation threat, head of army warns

United Kingdom not keeping up with Russian Federation threat, head of army warns

General Sir Nick Carter will say Theresa May must give more money to the military or Britain will become increasingly vulnerable to the threat of Vladimir Putin.

Russia's military capabilities on the battlefield are superior to Britain's and without further funding, the United Kingdom will be no match for Moscow, the head of the United Kingdom army will say.

"The time to address these threats is now - we can not afford to sit back", he is expected to say, according to military officials.

General Sir Nick Carter said that the nation's ability to respond to threats, notably from Russian Federation, is being eroded by a lack of investment.

He warned that Russian Federation boasted capabilities that Britain would struggle to match, saying it has already demonstrated its use of superior long-range missiles in Syria.

He will also reiterate the growing threat of Russia's cyber warfare tactics, and issue the warning that Britain is "not immune" to the danger posed online.

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According to Carter, hostile states are being more creating in how they exploit the seams between peace and war.

The risk we run in not defining this clearly and acting accordingly is... it will creep up on us and our ability to act will be markedly constrained and we will be the losers of this competition, ' Carter said.

This comes after calls from MPs to increase defence spending, as well as reports of plans to cut down and consolidate the Armed Forces to save £20bn despite opposition from defence minister Gavin Williamson, who has reportedly given his approval to Carter's lecture. "Speed of decision-making, speed of deployment and modern capability are essential if we wish to provide a realistic deterrence", he will say.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Britain was committed to spending two percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defence, in line with the target set by members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

Last month the chief of the defence staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach also addressed the threat of Russian Federation, and said the UK's military has prioritised the protection of undersea cables from the Kremlin, because if they are cut or disrupted there would be an immediate and "potentially catastrophic" hit to the economy. "That's exactly what we're doing as part of the National Security Capability Review" launched last July, he said.

Despite a £36 billion budget, the Ministry of Defence has commitments for new warships, jets and submarines that it can not afford at present.


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